AOC Did Not Hold Back in Her Vanity Fair Interview


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By Araceli Cruz

October 29, 2020

AOC talked about death threats, how her career has impacted her family, and what the future holds.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is on the latest cover of Vanity Fair. In the feature story, the Bronx native speaks candidly about her life as a congresswoman. 

The Boricua 30-year-old discussed the scrutiny she’s been under since becoming the youngest person elected to Congress and its impact on her family. 

Here are some revelations that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez shared: 

Calladita No More

During the summer, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) spoke vulgarities to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on the Capitol steps. And what played out was heard on the House floor in which Rep. Ocasio-Cortez delivered an eloquent speech about being disrespected by powerful men. 

The public didn’t know that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez gave Rep. Yoho a strong warning that he better not come for her again.

RELATED: WATCH: AOC Responds to Rep. Ted Yoho on the House Floor

According to the article, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez approached Rep. Yoho and told him, “You do that to me again, I won’t be so nice next time.” 

He allegedly responded by saying, “Oh, boohoo.”

A Fox News Mentality

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez shared that she feels she’s misunderstood primarily because of the narrative by conservative media. And it’s not just her Republican coworkers, but those on the left as well. 

“I think a lot of people, including my Democratic colleagues, believe the Fox News version of me,” she said.

She’s Not AOC to Everyone

While most call Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, by her last name, congresswoman, or AOC, her friends and family call her Sandy. 

The Death Threats Don’t Stop

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said she’s been getting death threats from the very start of her career in Congress. She shared that her family has gotten threats as well. 

“I used to wake up in the morning and literally get a stack of pictures that were forwarded by Capitol police or FBI. Like, ‘These are the people who want to kill you today,'” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said. 

Her brother Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez added, “It’s the epitome of being shaken to your core. Getting a phone call from the FBI saying, ‘Hey, don’t open your mail. They’re mailing out bombs.'”

Maybe It’s Too Much?

Because of the constant harassment and death threats she received, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said she considered quitting. 

“There have been many times, especially in the first six months, where I felt like I couldn’t do this, like I didn’t know if I was going to be able to run for reelection,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said. “There was a time where the volume of threats had gotten so high that I didn’t even know if I was going to live to my next term.”

RELATED: WATCH: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Addresses Nation, Praises ‘Mass People’s Movement’

AOC for President

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has gotten a lot of praise for her dedication and passion for fighting for justice. So she’s naturally getting a lot of endorsements for a possible run for the highest office, in the future, of course, when she’s eligible. 

“I’ve told her, I fully expect that she’s going to run one day, and that she should,” former 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro said. “She absolutely has the talent, the dynamism, and the leadership ability.”

Either Way, Her Future Looks Bright

If she doesn’t run for president someday, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said the House of Congress wouldn’t be her home forever. 

“I don’t know if I’m really going to be staying in the House forever, or if I do stay in the House, what that would look like,” she said. “I don’t see myself really staying where I’m at for the rest of my life.”

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  • Araceli Cruz

    Araceli is Copper Courier's social media manager. Her past work has been published in The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Mic, The Cut, Zora, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and others.



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